Indestructible paint in military use applied to a helicopter

Unbreakable protection for almost anything with indestructible paint

Do you know what the Pentagon, truck bedliners, oil platforms in the Gulf area, and bulletproof vests have in common? The answer is indestructible paint. It first came to fame as a viral sensation when its effect was tested on a watermelon dropped from the height of 45 meters. Amazingly, not only did the watermelon not shatter, it bounced. However, indestructible paint has so many more possible applications than fruit-protection; originally designed to protect vehicles, indestructible paint has uses in sectors from heavy industrial and agricultural to marine and offshore.

If you are looking for more information about the famous indestructible paint, how it works and how you can get it in the UAE, you have come to the right place! In this article we will outline all its benefits, also beyond indestructibility and look at the current and future applications.

6 reasons beyond indestructibility to choose for indestructible paint

Not only is indestructible coating strong and flexible, it also brings many more benefits to a project. Due to the properties of the coating and its application, indestructible paint also provides:

  1. Application & curing time – Fast return to service
  2. Durability – High abrasion resistance and impact protection
  3. Chemical resistance
  4. Anti corrosion – Watertight and airtight monolithic membrane
  5. Long lasting finish – No cracking, splitting, or warping
  6. Environmentally friendly – No VOCs, no CFCs, no solvents

The secret recipe of indestructible coating

Indestructible coating is a proprietary blend of a coating called polyurea. Though the exact formula is kept secret, the coating is essentially a combination of an isocyanate and a polyol resin. The polyol works like a plasticiser, and when the two components are combined they react resulting in a long chain molecule. These chains are responsible for the coating’s indestructibility – all tangled up together, they make the coating hard and impact resistant, but because the chains can stretch out and return to place, it remains flexible. This gives the paint incredible tensile strength and resistance to almost any kind of damage.

One of the best examples of this strength are the coating’s use in military applications. The Pentagon has its exterior walls coated in order to protect the building and its occupants from shrapnel, the main cause of injury in a explosion. It is also used in bulletproof vests to catch and contain bullet fragments when the bullet breaks apart on impact. Similar kind of future applications are expected: indestructible coating could become a standard for high-rise buildings and heavy duty vehicles.

Where indestructible paint is currently applied

indestructible paint in a can with a brush

indestructible paint is usually a spray application, but modifying the paint offers other possibilities.

Indestructible paint is usually a hot sprayed polyurea, which dries in seconds to minutes. It can, however, be modified into a brush applied system which might compromise its indestructible properties. The process is time sensitive: once the two components are combined, the reaction begins immediately and irreversibly. Because of this, the coating is applied with a special spray gun used also for traditional polyurea. The two components are pressurised then pumped into the gun through heated hoses. They are combined and sprayed at the same moment. This means that there is only seconds from the moment of spraying to having a dry surface.

The ease of application and desirable qualities of the coating mean it finds applications in all industries from agriculture and machinery to marine and military sectors.

A few of the most common uses for indestructible paint include:

  • Secondary containment and bund lining
  • Roofing membranes
  • Car park decks
  • Light plant and machinery

The availability of indestructible coating in the UAE

Line-X is the company responsible for indestructible coating, and they have approved installers and applicators in the Emirates. If you are interested in companies that provide polyurea coating services, head to our polyurea page for more information. For any questions or enquiries you may have, our experts are here to help. Just use the “Request a quote” button below and we, in cooperation with our coating partners, will strive to connect you with the coating solution for your needs. Just get in touch and we will help you with your coating project.